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Excellence in Extension
This is OUR TIME. To Serve. To Lead. To Grow. Through the Excellence in Extension Fund, you can help better address the needs of Missourians. Your gift will help ensure our faculty, staff and volunteers have the knowledge, skills and training they need to help improve agricultural growth and stewardship, economic opportunity, educational access, and health and well-being for all Missourians.
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The Clover Fund
4-H is the nation's largest youth development organization, offering kids the opportunity to learn-by-doing—building the leadership, independence, and life skills they need today to succeed in life and their careers. Be an Inspiration. Your gift makes it possible for the Missouri 4-H Foundation to provide educational resources, train volunteers, award college scholarships and grow strong future leaders.
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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Missouri (Osher@Mizzou) has evolved over the years, beginning in 2002 with just a few courses to what we are today: a welcoming place where those aged 50 and above can take non-credit courses on a myriad of topics in current events, U.S. and world history, literature, the arts, and more. Osher is a place where you can meet old friends and make new ones while keeping your brain active. Your gift will help ensure that Osher@Mizzou continues to have a positive impact on hundreds of seniors and their families living in mid-Missouri.
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Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund
A key goal of the 4-H program is to connect youth to higher education. Your gift to the Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarship Fund is an investment in the future of today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. Scholarships help bridge the gap between tuition costs and what families can afford to pay out of pocket. Your support helps 4-H members pursue their educational goals.

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Animal Cruelty Education Fund
In 1990, faculty and staff at MU Extension’s Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) identified a lack of training for animal cruelty investigators and founded the National Animal Cruelty Investigations (NACI) School—the first of its kind—to offer a combination of specialized veterinary and law enforcement training. Your gift will help ensure that our nationally recognized law enforcement, veterinary and animal health experts continue to educate students on all aspects of animal welfare and safety.
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Fire and Rescue Training Institute Gift Fund
The University of Missouri has trained firefighters for more than 80 years. Through the Fire and Rescue Training Institute (FRTI), a premier unit of MU Extension, quality and accessible competency-based training is provided to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. Your gift will help ensure FRTI continues to meet the education and training needs of Missouri’s volunteer firefighters.
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Community Emergency Management Gift Fund
The Missouri Extension Disaster Education Network (Missouri EDEN) provides education and technical assistance to individuals and families, local governments, schools, and organizations in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Gifts to this fund help the Missouri EDEN team respond to emergencies when the occur and help local communities deal with all aspects of disasters.
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Missouri SBDC
The Missouri SBDC exists to help business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs understand and overcome obstacles at all stages of their business's lifecycle. It serves as support through quality personalized assistance that goes beyond one conversation. The SBDC offers an ongoing relationship to help get the information needed for owners to make confident decisions and help their business succeed. Your donation supports professional, high-quality services, helps to reach new clients, and provide resources for aspiring entrepreneurs, founders, and existing business owners throughout the state.
Extension & Education Centers
Graves-Chapple Extension and Education Center
Located near Rock Port at the toe slope of the loess hills, the mission of the Graves-Chapple Extension and Education Center is to provide research and teaching in the specific soil and climatic conditions of extreme northwest Missouri. This occurs through research and demonstrations of conservation tillage and soil conservation management practices, turf and forage, and crop production practices. Soil conservation and water quality issues also are addressed.
Extension & Education Centers
Hundley-Whaley Extension and Education Center
Demonstrations and research at the 375-acre Hundley-Whaley Research Center are made possible through the generosity of Elma Hundley and Lulu Whaley. Located in Gentry County, the research center focuses on the best management practices and economics for corn and soybeans, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture. It is noted for excellence in pesticide evaluations and comparisons.
Extension & Education Centers
Jefferson Farm and Garden Extension and Education Center
Jefferson Farm and Garden is a 67-acre educational farm designed to engage the community in experiences about food and agriculture. As an outdoor classroom, Jefferson Farm and Garden aims to reach learners of all ages by connecting people to the land and enriching the community through workshops, field trips and special events.
Extension & Education Centers
Wurdack Extension and Education Center
Nestled along the Meramec River near Cook Station in the northeast Ozarks, the Wurdack Extenion and Education Center conducts demonstrations and research in integrated livestock, forages, forestry, agroforestry and wildlife management practices that are economically viable, environmentally sound and sociologically acceptable for the Ozark Region of Missouri. Current research includes programs to improve forage, beef, agroforestry, and timber.

County gift funds

You can choose to direct your support to the local level by giving to a county gift fund. Gifts to these funds help MU Extension faculty, staff and volunteers meet the needs of families and communities in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis.

County endowment funds

MU Extension and the Missouri 4-H Foundation are committed to helping county programs build a stronger financial future through endowments. Donors can contribute to more than 80 county endowments through MU Extension or the Missouri 4-H Foundation.